Black has never really been in the background at any time. It’s only that it is getting even more attention recently. There are many flashy, colorful watches on the market that will appeal to a lot of guys. But these, arguably, do not come close to all-black timepieces when talking about a classic fit for men.
Black is classic. It’s that color that is unlikely to go out of fashion any time soon. It always commands respect and is stealthy, giving that masculine feel. All-black watches appeal to many men because of how they can be a fitting choice for practically everyone and go with any outfit you put on.
Virtually all watch brands offer some form of all-black watches for men these days. You can get these timepieces for an amount ranging from less than $100 to several thousands of dollars.
You will find some of the best all-black watches available for men below.
Also known as the “Dark Side of the Moon,” this watch retains some major design elements of the original Speedmaster Professional while also adding some fresh touches to attract new fans. It comes with two sub-dials instead of the original three.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch shows solid build with a zirconium oxide ceramic case on a leather strap. It has a case diameter of 44.25 mm and comes with a sapphire crystal exhibition-styled case back. The watch also boasts self-winding automatic movement.
This all-black version is certainly a head-turner, but you need a fat wallet to get one. If the overall design doesn’t convey that immediately, the 18K white gold dials should.
The watch, whose blackness is compared to the volcanic rock on the Galapagos Islands, features a black rubber-coated stainless steel case and a black rubber strap. Its case has a diameter of 44 mm and there is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
The high-end Aquatimer Galapagos Islands Chronograph has an engraving on its case back depicting the Galapagos wildlife. It comes with luminous hands, rotating inner bezels, and is powered by the Swiss company’s own Caliber 89365.
It features a black, ion-plated stainless steel that has a textured crown. The Diesel Men’s Double Down watch uses a black silicone strap with buckle closure – a good thing when it comes to water resistance.
This black-on-black watch has a mineral crystal face and a case measuring 44 mm. It has quartz movement powering a 3-hand analog display. It has luminous hands and extra-large Arabic numerals at some points on the display.
With water resistance of up to 33 feet, or about 10 meters, the Diesel Men’s Double Down Watch is not one to survive an immersion. This is a low-priced all-black timepiece after all. It shouldn’t do too badly dealing with splashes and rain, though.
The 43 mm timepiece features a black dial, luminescent hands and markers, and a triple-coated, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It has three sub-dials, which display 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. Around the rim you will find a tachymeter. It relies on quartz movement and includes a unidirectional rotating bezel with a count-up scale.
You shouldn’t have a problem if you choose to go swimming with this one. It is water resistant up to 100 meters. That means, of course, that it will not be an ideal choice for scuba diving.
The Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Chronograph men’s watch comes with a 3-year warranty.
The matte black dial is interspersed with silver-tone, luminous hands and index hour marks. The Tudor Fastrider Black Shield has a fixed black ceramic bezel and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal case back. There are three sub-dials for the chronograph, showing 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours.
The angular touch of the case calls to mind the Ducati XDiavel’s sleek bodywork. Able to survive up to 150 meters, the watch should fare well if you get caught in the rain or decide to go swimming with it on.
The watch features stainless steel with a black dial and ion plating. The case measures 40 mm in diameter and 8 mm in thickness. It pairs with a 23 mm black leather strap. You will notice silver accents in some areas, including the buckle and crown.
The Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Axiom Watch is water resistant up to a depth of 30 meters. This is not bad for an offering at this price point.
The watch boasts a 51 mm design, which its maker claims marked the beginning of the “oversized trend.” It has a matte black case and an analog display. The Nixon timepiece uses Japanese quartz movement and comes with a six-hand chrono and 3 CD textured sub-dials.
The solid stainless steel case is matched by a 3-link stainless steel band. The watch aslo features pushers to guard against the dreaded “wrist bite.” You will be impressed by the exciting versatility of the dial, which does its work without creating clutter.
The timepiece has a 35 mm brass case with a black analog dial and a black leather strap featuring buckle closure. It includes INDIGLO night light to enhance visibility and readability in lowlight conditions.
The Timex T2N947 South Street is water resistant up to about 100 feet (30 meters). It can survive brief immersion and splashes, but it is not ideal to swim with.
The Invicta Men’s 19838 Analog watch is more suitable for a casual outfit. It includes a cage-style skeleton dial with luminous markers and mineral dial window. The chronograph has three sub-dials – 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 24 hours.
This timepiece relies on Japanese quartz movement with a Caliber VR34A onboard. The watch boasts a scratch-resistant mineral crystal and an ion-plated, unidirectional rotating black bezel. It is water resistant up to 300 meters.
The round watch features a 42 mm stainless steel case, mineral dial window, and an oversized dial with stick markers. It uses Japanese quartz movement and has a triple gasket crown with enamel fill. It also has a stylish black leather band with buckle closure.
You can swim or snorkel with the Nixon Sentry Leather A105-1041 matte black watch, as it is water resistant up to 100 meters. It is not suitable for diving, though.
The Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Chronograph Watch impresses us with what it brings to the table. It is housed within a 43 mm black titanium case with ion plating and features an anti-reflective sapphire dial window. The center dial rocks a honeycomb pattern and includes a trio of chronograph sub-dials along with a date window.
Powered by Japanese quartz movement, the watch does not need a battery, instead relying on indoor or outdoor light to work. The rugged piece is water resistant to 100 meters, making it suitable for swimming. It comes with a titanium link bracelet featuring a fold-over clasp with a push button.
It has a solid-looking stainless steel case measuring 46 mm in diameter and has an elegant tone. It features an analog display, a black dial, a mineral dial window, and quartz movement. There are three sub-dials for the day of the week, the date, and time (in 24 hours). The band uses genuine, croco-embossed leather with tonal stitching.
Its water resistance to 50 meters means you can do light swimming with the watch.
The case measures 42 mm in diameter and has a depth of 12 mm. You’ll see Miyota Japanese, three-hand quartz movement showing the day and date. There is a triple gasket crown with enamel fill and a stainless, three-link bracelet featuring a double-locking clasp and micro adjust.
The 100m water-resistant Nixon Sentry SS A356001-00 all-black watch for men has a 3-hand chronograph and a screwed-down case back. Among the selling points is Chromacoat, a top color that wears away with time to “reveal a unique undercoat.”
The watch does away with the PVD-coated steel of the original Monza, which was released to celebrate Ferrari’s F1 World Championship win in 1975. Instead, it comes with a robust, grade-5 titanium case featuring titanium carbide coating. It sports a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a black dial.
The Tag Heuer Monza features self-winding automatic movement, coming with an in-house Caliber 17. It has chronograph and date features and pairs with a black leather strap.
You might find it a tad disappointing as it is only water resistant to 50 meters.
The solar-powered G-Steel watch rocks an ion-plating case and a resin band in basic black. Its visual appeal is enhanced by a 3-dimensional appearance created by the dials, hour markers, and the layered face. With double LED lights, there should be no problem with visibility in lowlight settings.
This timepiece boasts 31 world time zones, including 48 cities, and the ability to display city codes. It has a full auto calendar and 5 daily alarms while also being water resistant to 200 meters.
Factors to Consider When Buying
Now, being all-black isn’t enough to decide on the best watch you should buy. Here are some of the important factors you want to spare a thought for.
Use – Men’s all-black watches don’t always serve all purposes. You will need to consider the kind of setting and activity you’ll be using yours for. For instance, the ideal choices for people in business will be those with a leather strap and that are slimmer in size.
Cover type – This can be either of mineral glass or sapphire. The kind of activity you will be engaging in with your watch will determine which to go for. Sapphire crystal does better in terms of scratch-resistance, but mineral glass is less likely to crack when exposed to stress.
Chronograph – You will agree that a chronograph lends to the masculine feel of a wrist watch for men. You might want to consider a timepiece that comes with it. By measuring time intervals, it can help you be better on time for appointments and also for timing your runs, like a stopwatch.
Movement – There are two main types of watch movements, namely: quartz and mechanical. The former is battery powered and doesn’t take your time, making it perfect for extremely busy people. Mechanical watches feature moving parts that require winding to get them working. There are, however, newer models that feature automatic winding.
Interestingly, quartz movement watches are not only more affordable, but also very accurate.